Board approves school buildings’ repairs


By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today



PIQUA —The Piqua Board of Education approved two improvement projects to combat moisture damage to Piqua City School buildings during their meeting on Thursday evening.

The board awarded a contract to Kremer Roofing for additional roof repairs at the Piqua High School. The cost is approximately $476,744. This project will fix four roof areas as part of the district’s ongoing roof repairs to the high school to address water damage.

The roof was not sealed properly when the building was constructed in the 1980s, and water has leaked in between the building’s outer bricks and inner brick work. Superintendent Dwayne Thompson explained that this leakage has caused damage to other parts of the building, including causing the windows to loose their seal. The district will have to wait until after the May 7 election to see if voters approve the improvement levy in order to do repairs to the rest of the building like fixing the windows.

The board also awarded a contract to C&N Contractors for improvement work at Springcreek, Washington and Piqua Central Intermediate schools to fix a design issue that could potentially cause water damage to the buildings. The cost is approximately $133,704.

The repairs will redesign an arch design on the outside of each those buildings and divert the water away from the building. This includes the reconfiguration of the building entrances to eliminate the arch entry element that is causing water issues at the adjacent masonry, according to a recommendation letter from RDA Group Architects. The work also includes new metal subframing, sheathing, and metal clad compositie panels.

In other news:

The board heard a presentation on National SkillsUSA from Ula Hicks, a senior in the Medical Careers Academy program at Upper Valley Career Center (UVCC), and Jason Haak, assistant superintendent of UVCC. Hicks was recently elected as the SkillsUSA National Region Three vice president and is a semi-finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program CTE category.

Hicks moved to the United States from Fiji at the age of 14 and began attending Piqua City Schools when she became interested in pursuing a career technical education at UVCC in the medical field. Hicks said that program has taught her basic health care skills and helped her work toward earning her State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) certification. She was also able to get a job at a rheumatologist’s office in Troy.

“I have grown as a person,” Hicks said.“I’m thankful for SkillsUSA and career technical education.”

The board also heard a presentation from a Piqua Central Intermediate student Dylan Weatherly who reached out to Thompson and the board to recognize her teacher Betsey Johns, whom Weatherly called “beyond words amazing.” Weatherly spoke before the board on Thursday evening, telling them about how Johns got her classes and other teachers’ classes to have their students writer letters and cards for veterans who her mother was going to ride with on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. earlier this year.

“She took something so small and made it so meaningful,” Weatherly said.

Piqua Junior High School Principal Jeff Clark also spoke during the board meeting, going over the “Success Bound” critieria that the school plans on implementing next year to help prepare junior high students for high school and college.

He went over academic requirements, such as aiming for students to have a C average or higher, proficient test scores, 96 percent attendance rates, and more. The school also plans on continuing college and manufacturing visits.

“We talked about really setting the bar high,” Clark said.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

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